Last weeks Bangladesh meal was fish and leeks in Hot Mustard Sauce (Sorse Bata Diya Maach), Spinach Bhaji (Palong Shaak Bhaji), Panch Phoron Roasted Potatoes, Vermicelli in Sweet Custard (Shemai Custard).
Rob liked the fish better than I did. We expected the Panch Phoron spice to be more flavorful. We are going to try using it again because it smelled great and we think maybe we just need to use more or grind it first. The spinach was pretty familiar but the desert was not. It was really odd to have noodles in a desert but the flavor was good.
Bangladesh is the eighth-most populous country in the world. It has the second most enclaves and exclaves in the world, second to India. It has the worlds only third order enclave which is an enclave inside an enclave inside an enclave. This area called “Dahala Khagrabari – 51” is farmland less than 2 acres. It is Indian land inside Bangladesh inside India inside Bangladesh.
Most of Bangladesh is less than 12 m (39 ft) above sea level which unfortunately means there is a lot of flooding. The worst was in 1998 but there was another terrible flood in July of 2020.
From Wikipedia, “In September 1998, Bangladesh saw the most severe flooding in modern world history. As the Brahmaputra, the Ganges and Meghna spilt over and swallowed 300,000 houses, 9,700 km (6,000 mi) of road and 2,700 km (1,700 mi) of embankment, 1,000 people were killed and 30 million more were made homeless; 135,000 cattle were killed; 50 km2 (19 sq mi) of land were destroyed; and 11,000 km (6,800 mi) of roads were damaged or destroyed. Effectively, two-thirds of the country was underwater.”